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From Harper Lee to Sony to the Wheel of Time, it was a big week for studios trying to hold onto intellectual property. John and Craig discuss why those deals take such strange turns, including 1:30 a.m. airings on cable.
In follow-up, we look at why the WGA isn’t directly involved in the Gravity lawsuit, and how Rebel Wilson was lucky she never ran afoul of Australia’s classifiers.
A listener writes in with a question about “a film by,” prompting one Craig rant. John returns the umbrage about award season, and how we keep our best filmmakers from actually making their next films.
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- The Deal with the Gravity Lawsuit
- The One with Rebel Wilson and Dan Savage
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- Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Sequel Sparks Questions Over Film Rights on THR
- With Marvel Deal, Sony Opts to Lease Rather Than Sell Spider-Man on THR
- Spider-Man: How Sony, Marvel Will Benefit from Unique Deal on Variety
- Wheel of Time is the sad lesson of what can happen when you sell the rights to your books on Vox
- Broad City on Comedy Central and Hulu
- Fantastic Negrito, Winner of NPR’s 2015 Tiny Desk Concert Contest
- Outro by Scriptnotes listener Manoel Felciano (send us yours!)
UPDATE 2-19-15: The transcript of this episode can be found here.